Friday, 24 April 2015

Satisfy Your Insatiable Sweet Tooth With These Healthier Nibbles

Don't ignore your dessert cravings! When that sweet tooth calls for a lusciously decadent treat, feel good reaching for these healthier alternatives that'll offer a bit of nutrition and that sweet taste your taste buds lust after — you won't be disappointed!
Smoothie Central
If you're craving something rich and creamy like a milkshake, a smoothie makes a healthier option. To give fruit smoothies a more creamy consistency, add protein powder, yoghurt, or soy milk. Here's a vegan smoothie recipe that tastes just like a vanilla milkshake. Or if you've got a chocolate craving, go for this mixed berry and chocolate smoothie.
All-Day Breakfast
Pancakes and waffles aren't strictly reserved for the breakfast table. If you're craving something like a cupcake, turn to recipes like cinnamon oatmeal waffles or whole wheat sweet potato pancakes topped with honey nut yogurt instead. Make a big batch and keep a few in the freezer when cravings strike.
Grab Your Spoon
If ice cream is your weakness, save calories by filling your bowl with these vegan alternatives made with frozen fruit. Go for banana peanut butter or this one made with mango. One serving is only 150 calories.
For Creamy Cravings
If frozen fruit just won't cut it, and you know ice cream is too high in fat and calories, frozen yoghurt makes a great alternative. Try making these 30-calorie frozen yoghurt cups. Or for a quick creamy treat, dress up thick, rich non-fat Greek yoghurt with these dessert ideas.
Some Like It Hot
When a cold snack just won't do, bake up some fruit — sans the buttery pie crust. Pop some berries, pears, or apples into the oven (or even the microwave) with a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon sprinkled over the top.
When it's finished, add a small sprinkling of granola or nuts to give the allusion of a crust. Here's a video showing how to make baked apples or, if you have more time, bake up this apple pear oatmeal crisp the next time a pie craving hits.
Get Rollin'
For serious cookie cravings, skip the butter and eggs and make healthier no-bakes instead. These peanut butter crisp balls are vegan, or if you want a fruitier flavour, try these cherry almond protein coconut balls made with cottage cheese — both are around 78 calories apiece.

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